We woke up the next morning eager to explore more of this amazing city. We had gotten to see a little bit of the city the night before, but now we would have a full day to look around.
We decided the best way to get a glimpse of the city would be from St. Domnius bell tower. We got up early, had a quick breakfast and headed up the long staircase to the top of the tower. From there we could see amazing panoramic views of the city. Not just the beautiful white buildings and the sapphire blue harbor, but also the mountains in the background. This was truly a unique place with so many breathtaking views.
We then wandered through the city a little bit, exploring some of the smaller alleyways and finding little gift shops and a couple of bars. It is really cool how some of these places were thriving even though they were tucked into the narrowest corridors. The one thing however, is that is was almost impossible to find a bathroom in this part of town. Most of the shops are so small they don't have room for one. We ended up finding a public one and right outside we saw the funniest thing. A woman had left her purse on the ground and left her tiny dog behind to protect it. How cute!
We started to make our way over to the beach. We had heard good things about the beaches in Croatia and we were eager to checkout our first one. When we got there, the beach looked pretty normal, except for the fact that off to the side there was a mini jungle gym with lots of pull up bars for beach workouts. I thought this was so cool! I worked up a quick sweat and then we went into the water to cool off. The water was a little cold but that’s just how I like it!
We had this amazing view out into the Ocean. The crystal clear blue water began to fade softly into the background until it was met by the blue mountains way off in the distance. I have swum in so many different parts of the world, but this was truly unique. I had never seen any place like this.
Over the next few days, we began to get into a bit of a routine. We would try to pack a lot of activities into the day, and then at night we would head into the town for some dinner and live music. This was such a fun way to unwind after a long day of adventuring and also it was a great way to experience the energy of the town.
The next day, we walked over to the harbor to catch the ferry. We would be taking it to Brac, an island off the coast of Split. Here we would go visit the legendary beach of Zlatni Rat. This was a beautiful white-sand beach in the shape of a triangle. What was cool about it was that the beach extended out into a point, so you were surrounded by water on both sides. For this reason, Zlatni Rat is the most photographed beach in Croatia. This was also some of the best swimming ever, and the backdrop was incredible. A couple of yachts were anchored out only a few hundred feet from the beach. People were playing loud house music and jumping off into the water. This pretty much looked like a music video and it was so incredible to actually be in a place that most people only dream of.
We stayed here for pretty much the entire day. The sun was starting to go down, and we needed to get to the other side of the island if we were going to make the last ferry off of this place. We walked to get a shuttle to the other side of the island, and stumble upon this tiny little village. We wandered around some of the quiet streets and got a quick bite to eat before heading out on our journey. The shuttle ride over was so hot, I actually passed out. This was actually pretty frightening at the time, but looking back I think I was just tired and hot from a day of being out on the beach and tried to sneak a quick rest.
The boat ride home was about an hour, and after the shuttle and the ferry, we were eager to be back on our feet again and hit the town. There we enjoyed another great night of music and dancing. This time, a little kid had taken over the dance floor! He must’ve been about 10 years old and he was dancing his heart out to “Sweet Home Alabama” sang beautifully by the live artist. People started throwing kuna at the ground next to him, and by the end of the night he probably could’ve made close to 50 bucks!
My girlfriend and I discussed heading to Krka national park in the morning to check out the waterfall. It would be tough to find a shuttle on such short notice, but we would try. Little did we know that Krka would end up being one of the highlights of our trip.